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“It took a lot not to cry,” Generous donors pay off student lunch balances at two Oklahoma schools

MOORE, Okla. - It is known as the season of giving, and a local school district is thanking a pair of generous donors.

Paying for school lunches can be a struggle for some Oklahoma families, leaving some children without a hot meal. When a student cannot pay for lunch, they can charge up to two lunches and one breakfast on their account. When they've reached that limit, they are given a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

"I hate to take a tray from a child. Absolutely hate it, but it's our board policy and we have to follow policy,"  said Suzanne Guthmiller, with Moore Public Schools.

However, those students received welcome news on Wednesday.

The Moore Public School District announced than an anonymous donor paid off all current school lunch charges at Moore High School.

In all, the donor paid $705.10.

"It took a lot not to cry because it means a lot to the families of the kids that these kids can't eat because they're at their limit, so they have to have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. To know that they can have an actual warm meal today meant a lot to us," Guthmiller told KFOR.

District officials say that the generous donation will likely have an even bigger impact on the families in need.

"Not only will it relieve a burden for our kids, but with this time of the year too it might free up some resources that parents can address in other ways," said Mike Coyle, the principal of Moore High School.

On Wednesday afternoon, the district announced that another anonymous donor had paid all of the current student lunch charges at Plaza Towers Elementary School.